Are you living your life to the fullest? Are you happy, satisfied and content with what you are doing and who you are? Have you planned to live the remaining portion of your life so that you have no regrets? Whatever your age, NOW is the time to choose your life’s direction.
An anonymous quote states, “A person is not old until regrets take the place of plans/dreams.” This ought to reassure you that it is never too late to choose a different direction. Hopefully, when you are 80, 90, maybe even 100-years-old, you will be able to look back on your life and know that you have had no regrets. However, this does not just happen by fate. It happens by deliberate planning and setting goals, and then living according to that plan, vision, and mission.
Aging is a funny thing. The only time in our lives we want to get old is when we are kids. A child will anticipate getting older and tell you his age with a number fraction: “I’m four and a half.” Teens are always wishing to be older. Eventually you become 21. But then you turn 30! Oooohhh, what happened? Before you know it, you are pushing 40. In a blink of an eye, you reach 50. Then you make it to 60. You have now built up so much speed that you hit 70. And so on until, if you make it to 100, you become like a little kid again: “I’m 100 and a half.” We honestly hope everyone reading this will live to a healthy 100 and a half!
Most of us fear the aging process, but we should use it to motivate us. If you already feeling like life is just passing you by, it’s never too late to take back control. Consider implementing the following steps:
If you don’t choose a direction and plan for your life, you will always be at the mercy of everyone else’s plans. Understand that this is a ride and you only get one trip. When you feel like you are in charge of your life, you will reclaim an incredible sense of power.
So, age, but don’t grow up. Live your life to the fullest by choosing your own direction. I challenge you to write down your life’s mission statement and post it so that you can use it as a daily reminder of how you want to thoroughly enjoy the only the ride you will ever be on.
Tom Kidd, owner of Balanced Wellness Services (www.kidd4kids.org), is a speaker, author, adjunct college professor, consultant, parent and grandparent. His goal is to “promote living your life with passion and purpose by intention.” He can be contacted at 715-456-4856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.